Earlier this week a pre-order listing was spotted for the Xiaomi Redmi Note (Hongmi Note) which is a 5.5-inch Android phablet. Today, the company has officially announced the device which is priced at $130 and will be sold in China. There’s no indication yet that the company will be selling this successor to the Redmi (Hongmi) outside of the Chinese market however with its planned expansion outside of its home country we might be seeing this device arrive in other regions.
- 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display
- 1.4 GHz / 1.7 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor with Mali 450 GPU
- MIUI v5 on top of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Dual SIM (TD-SCDMA and GSM)
- 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording
- 5MP front-facing camera
- 1GB / 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, micro SD card up to 32GB
- 3G (TD-SCDMA), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- 3200 mAh battery
The most obvious improvement of the Redmi Note over the original Redmi is that it now sports a much larger display. While the original device had a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels the newer model has a 5.5-inch screen while keeping the same pixel count.
Improvements have also been made on the inside of the device. A newer MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor is now being used versus the MediaTek MT6589T octa-core processor of the old model. The 1.4 GHz version of the Redmi Note sports 1GB of RAM while the 1.7 GHz version uses 2GB of RAM.
The camera specs have been bumped up to 13MP for the rear camera and 5MP for the front camera. The old model had an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera.
The 1.4 GHz version of the Redmi Note is selling for CNY799 (about $130) while the 1.7 GHz version is priced at CNY999 (about $160). Both versions are expected to hit the Chinese market this coming this coming March 26.
Just like most of the other recent Xiaomi devices this new model is expected to be sold out in just a matter of minutes.